Giving Christianity Back to Agape Love

A New Paradigm for Being Church Together

by Matthew Carriker Foreword by Mirabai Devi



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/9/2022

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 128
ISBN : 9781489726407
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 128
ISBN : 9781489726391

About the Book

How could a church that has been plagued by anti-Semitism, the killing of the Crusades, and the violence of the Inquisition (to name a few) be redeemed of these evils? Quite simply, it has always returned to Jesus. When you return to Jesus, you return to the heart of his message: agape. Agape is a Greek word in the New Testament referring to a love that is without limits and beyond conditions. Agape is the love that God has for us, and that we are called to have towards one another. This book centers around this one assumption: God loves us unconditionally. Our task- individually and as communities- is to be instruments of that love. This book reenvisions traditional Christian beliefs- including sin, the Bible, salvation, homosexuality, pluralism, Jesus, and atonement theology- through the lens of agape love. What would the Christian life look like if we embodied the good news in community as contemplatives in action? In a time when churches are dying and failing, giving Christianity back to agape love has the power to bring life into a religion that feels old, worn out, and over-institutionalized. To return Christianity to Jesus is to give the church universal back to a love that is boundless, free, and unconditional; to a love that finds its heart in service, peacemaking, and radical transformation; to a love that will set the world on fire.

About the Author

As an ordained Christian minister in the United Church of Christ (UCC), Rev. Matt Carriker currently pastors a new church in Waltham, Massachusetts called “Agape Spiritual Community.” Matt leads Christian and interfaith retreats for youth and adults, and is a spiritual/life coach. Matt is passionate about altering Christianity today into a spiritual tradition that models the unconditional love of God and the life and teachings of Jesus, and that engages in both contemplation and action. This is his first book. More info about “Giving Christianity Back to Agape Love” and Agape Spiritual Community can be found here: or